Karen Wincott met [[:ben-monroe]] while writing a story about outsourcing in California. The hard-nosed reporter from upstate New York old money knew how to face facts: she’d fallen utterly in love. She quit the Times, bought the local newspaper, and …
In another age, Benjamin Monroe would have been considered a hippy. While he didn't necessarily believe in peace, love, and happiness for all mankind; he did feel a tangible connection to the world. A sense that Mother Earth was a living, animate life …
Greg Bitterman doesn’t talk about Vietnam because “nothing happened worth wasting an honest man’s breath on.” He served his country, he wore a funny little green hat, he lost a best friend and an arm in the same mine blast. He’s over it.
Madeline was born in Japan, an army brat with a Chinese-American father, though her family eventually returned to her parents’ home in Ukiah and she attended Ukiahi. She was an A-student, track star, and a very gifted dancer plucked right out of high …
Dax St. Jaques
Dax St. Jaques (pronounced "Saint Jax,") was always into hip-hop, and is something of an amateur rapper, which complements his profession as a full-time pot dealer. The son of working-middle-class parents, Dax dropped out of Ukiahi in his junior year, and …
* The Comries made their fortune in the lumber business, but Piper's father Daniel is a civil engineer.
* Piper was and is a major party girl who likes a very lavish lifestyle; she is one of the only people in town her age who still uses a cell phone
Dr. Alison Bell
_"Just because the patient assumed I was a stripper-gram doesn't mean I have any idea how that laxative got in his drip."_
Everyone at Evanescent Hospital agrees that Dr. Alison Bell is a gift. Warm and sarcastic, with a no-nonsense bedside manner, she …
People rarely see Paolo Brutocao in Ukiah for more than a few days back-to-back, and that includes his family. The man does business up and down the west coast, and prefers a personal touch, especially now that phones are so expensive. Planes are …
There are literally dozens of people in Mendocino Valley with the surname Mendoza, but only Larisa’s family claims descent from the original Mendozas for whom the valley is named. This makes her something of an unofficial aristocrat, especially with the …
Cesaré is a hale ninety-nine years old, the twice-elected mayor of Ukiah and elder statesman of the Brutocao vineyard. More popular with rich and poor alike than his cold, jet-setting son, Cesaré inherited the family business when his elder brother …
The Brutocaos are the most influential vintners in Mendocino. The Mendozas gave the county its name. As the heir to both families, that puts a lot of pressure on young Rachel Brutocao. Thus far, she has risen to the demands of her birth, but people around …